|Animal Kingdom Attractions||Rafiki's Planet Watch|
Opened: January 2, 2007
Show length: 40 minutes
The "Theater in the Wild" has been transformed into the undersea world of Marlin and Nemo. Through the use of puppetry, acrobats, dancers performing against an animated backdrop, "Finding Nemo" comes to life. Before the show even starts, you'll start hearing children yelling "Nemo!" and you look up to catch a glimpse of Nemo swimming through one of the plastic bubbles on the side of the stage. It's a great way to get the kids interested in what's coming.
The show takes place in an air-conditioned theater, so it's a great way to get out of the heat for a little while. Plan on getting in line around 1/2 an hour before the show starts, as it is very popular and will fill up quickly. In our opinion, this is one of the best shows on property and is well worth the wait. As shown in the photo above, the characters are puppets and are voiced by the actors controlling them. There is plenty of singing and dancing and should easily keep kids entertained during the whole 40 minute show, which is a shortened version of the movie's story.
Some of the most respected names in theater have collaborated on this stage show. The 14 original songs are composed by Robert Lopez, Tony Award winner for "Avenue Q," and his wife, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, noted for the a cappella musical "Along the Way." The opening number 'Big Blue World' is also featured at Epcot's 'The Seas with Nemo and Friends'. Crush and his Aussie buddies perform 'Go With the Flow.' This upbeat number pays homage to the surfin' songs of the '60s.
The puppets for "Finding Nemo - The Musical" were designed by Michael Curry, creator of the amazing puppets for Disney's Broadway smash hit, "The Lion King." The oversized sea creatures include Crush who is the size of a VW Bug and the incredible 22-foot-tall Nigel the Pelican.
Handicapped Accessibility- Wheelchair accessible. Reflective captioning, Assestive listening receivers.
Finding Nemo - The Musical
Review by Bob Varley
First off, I LOVED it! Disney has stepped up in my opinion to deliver a first-rate product to Animal Kingdom. I found the theater to have great views from everywhere you sat. The theater also handled a large number of guests.
The puppets are similar to the Lion King show on Broadway. Finding Nemo-The Musical also reminded me of the Aladdin show at Disney's California Adventure where the characters come out into the audience. I thought that the Nemo musical was a good combination of video, puppets and special effects. One of the puppets had to be an incredible twenty feet tall.
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